TUF 26 Finale medical suspensions: Four get potential six-month terms

Sean O’Malley continued to make a name for himself as a bantamweight to watch, but there’s potential he’ll be out of action for a while.

O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may be sitting out for six months unless doctors clear both his left hand and left foot with X-rays following his win over Terrion Ware (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in the co-main event of the TUF 26 Finale this past Friday.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions to MMAjunkie today following the event, which it oversaw at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Four fighters on the card were given potential six-month medical suspensions. Along with O’Malley, Barb Honchak (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Melinda Fabian (4-3-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) could be out for 180 days.

In the main event, Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Modafferi was given a 30-day suspension with no contact for 21 days.

The full list of medical suspensions from the TUF 26 Finale include:

    • Roxanne Modafferi: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
    • Sean O’Malley: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with left hand and left foot X-rays.
    • Terrion Ware: Suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days.
    • Barb Honchak: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with right hand X-ray.
    • Eric Spicely: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
    • Melinda Fabian: Suspended 180 days or until broken left thumb cleared by doctor; in addition, suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days.
    • Ryan Janes: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for hard fight.
    • Andrew Sanchez: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for lip laceration.
    • Ariel Beck: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with left wrist X-ray; in addition, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Don't expect UFC prospect Sean O'Malley to be any less free-wheeling

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LAS VEGAS – UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley lived up to the hype he generated on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” and he was pushed in his octagon debut.

Terrion Ware (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) was no easy task when he welcomed O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to the promotion in the FS1-televised co-headliner of Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, which took place at Park Theater in Las Vegas.

In the second round, it looked like the newcomer was short on gas and fading as he took punches from the persistent veteran.

The good news, at least to O’Malley, is that he can only go up from here.

“It was a good push,” O’Malley told MMAjunkie. “I got to show my heart. I knew I had my heart, but I had to show it to everyone. It was a good fight. I’m going to grow from it and become better from it.”

In the final frame, O’Malley rediscovered the fast and loose countering style that stymied Ware, and won key exchanges. Not only that, he showed the crowd he isn’t just a striker, nabbing two takedowns to secure a unanimous decision.

“I really wanted a finish, but I’m super excited,” O’Malley said. “I thought it was a good performance, but I really want that finish.”

The undefeated O’Malley might have rode a wave of attention into his UFC debut, but that wasn’t holding him back when he engaged with Ware. The only difficulty was the chin on his opponent.

“I didn’t feel any extra pressure,” he said. “I didn’t feel any nerves. I think that kid’s just really tough. I hit him a lot, and he didn’t go down.”

In the process, O’Malley repeatedly exposed himself to danger, letting Ware swarm him as they fought against the cage. But he doesn’t plan on changing his style any time soon. If anything, he said, he’s going to get looser from here on out.

“That’s just how I fight,” he said. “You look at all my fights since I was 16, kickboxing, they all look like that. I’m just getting better and getting more tricks. They’re all going to look like that from now on, too.”

To hear more from O’Malley, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 26 Finale results: Sean O'Malley stays perfect, impresses against gritty Terrion Ware

LAS VEGAS – Unbeaten bantamweight Sean O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) impressed in his official UFC debut, digging deep for a decision win over a tough Terrion Ware (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

The bantamweight bout was the co-main event of today’s TUF 26 Finale event at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Ware opened the bout with a low kick as O’Malley feigned a jab before eventually unleashing a spinning kick to the body that missed. O’Malley threw a few more big kicks to follow, including a big shot that scored to the body, but Ware defended well in the early going. O’Malley gained confidence as the round wore on, hanging his hands and throwing strikes from all angles, including a high kick that landed clean.

Ware was relentless in his effort to strike, but O’Malley was just a touch quicker and managed the distance to perfection, slipping punches and creating angle to return fire. To his credit, Ware seemed unimpressed at his opponent’s creative attacks and constantly looked to move forward and attack.

O’Malley continued to looks for the counter in the second, retreating with hishands down and landing pinpoint shots. A big uppercut found the mark, and it felt very much like O’Malley was in complete control. Still, Ware refused to back down, mixing it up in the pocket and eventually drawing blood from his opponent’s nose. Two crisp punches seemed o stagger O’Malley a touch, and Ware mocked him as he showed the cardio needed to keep a high pace against a dangerous for. O’Malley visibly slowed as the round played out and eventually slipped on a high kick, . Still, O’Malley worked back to the feet with relative ease and even landed a spinning backfist as he pulled away.

The two fighters continued to trade punches over the final minute. O’Malley was breathing deep but still attempted a flying triangle choke that missed in the final seconds.

O’Malley was a little more aggressive to start the third, rifling out a jab that popped his opponent’s head back and driving a spinning kick to the liver that Ware shook off. O’Malley landed a few really crisp shots up top, but Ware showed an incredible chin and pushed through them as he looked to keep the pace high. O’Malley seemed to catch a bit of a second wind as Ware finally showed a little sign of slowing. O’Malley slipped and ripped, landing clean on straight punches and wowing the crowd with a few creative spinning attacks.

O’Malley eventually scored a takedown, but he immediately backed away and landed a huge kick to the body. Another takedown followed, but O’Malley returned quickly to the fee when a choke attempt missed. The two continued to trade until the very end, where O’Malley finished with a takedown and a few elbows on top. In the end, O’Malley took two of three rounds on all three judges’ cards and walked away with a decision win.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 26 Finale results include:

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Sean O'Malley vs. Terrion Ware booked for TUF 26 Finale in December

The next edition of the live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” has its latest fight booking, and it comes in the bantamweight division.

Sean O’Malley (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the TUF 26 Finale in December. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

O’Malley gets his first official crack at the UFC after picking up a knockout win over Alfred Khashakyan on the second installment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July. That kept The MMA Lab-based 22-year-old perfect as a pro at 8-0. All but one of his victories have been by stoppage, including six knockouts. Before his shot on DWCS 2, he knocked out David Nuzzo at LFA 11 in May with a spinning wheel kick.

Terrion Ware

Ware made his promotional debut in July, but lost a unanimous decision to Cody Stamman at UFC 213 in Las Vegas. The setback snapped a four-fight winning streak for the 31-year-old Californian, whose resume includes wins under the RFA, BAMMA and ACB banners.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Manager's clients made UFC debuts against each other, and 'it was definitely a tough situation'

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Watching two of his fighters debut on the same UFC card should be one great day for any manager, right?

Well, for Jason House it was a little more complicated than that.

At Saturday’s UFC 213, House got to watch as clients Cody Stamann (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Terrion Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) finally got their turn inside the octagon. So far, so good.

The catch? They were matched up against each other.

“It was a lot of mixed emotions,” House told MMAjunkie. “I’ve been with Cody and Terrion both for a long time now. It was an honor to be a part of their career and journey in mixed martial arts. I was so excited to be able to inform that they were taking the next step and achieving their dream of fighting in the UFC.

“However, it’s also extremely tough because they’re fighting each other. That’d never really happened to me before. It was definitely a tough situation.”

Considering Stamman and Ware didn’t even know each other personally before, House was the one left with the emotional toll of the situation. But at no point did he even think about letting his personal feelings get in the way of either of his client’s paths.

“On the flip side of it, I would never want a client not to get in the UFC because he’d be fighting my client – if that makes sense,” House said. “That’s his opportunity. He earned it. I would never want to prevent someone from getting an opportunity. Once I explained it to them, they fully understood.

“If you have the chance to put two guys in, you’re going to put two guys in if they have to fight each other. That means they’re able to take their careers to the next level and fight on the big stage.”

After three rounds, it was 27-year-old Stamann who emerged victorious. He’s now riding an eight-fight victorious run and planning on quitting the family business. Ware, 31, had a four-fight streak snapped but seems to be recovering nicely from the setback.

While House did watch the featherweight battle, he admits he couldn’t bring himself to watch it at T-Mobile Arena. Instead, he tuned in from his hotel room.

“I decided I would just watch it by myself and come to the arena after to be there to support the guys,” House said. “It was just too tough for me.”

To hear House’s own account of the situation, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Cody Stamann impressive in debut win over Terrion Ware

For a guy who relied on his takedowns and top control, Cody Stamann also showed off plenty of flair against Terrion Ware.

While shimmying and shaking between combos, Stamann (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) solidified the win over Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with his grappling, which helped him lock up a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

Stamann’s wrestling ability showed itself early in the fight, but it didn’t lead to much offense on the mat initially. Instead, it served to halt the momentum of Ware, who scored with some crisp strikes from distance but who struggled to keep that success going when he had no answer for Stamann’s takedowns.

Which is not to say that Stamann didn’t have some bright moments on the feet as well. Several times he stung Ware with hard counters and solid hooks, but it was his ability to put Ware on his back and then, as the fight wore on, do damage once Ware tried to scramble up, that helped him make his case to the judges.

After a third round that saw both men throw with increasing urgency, it was Stamann’s takedowns at the critical moments that sealed the win for him, especially in the final minutes of the last round. Once the judges had their say, all three gave the fight to Stamann, and two gave him a clean sweep of every round.

With the win in his UFC debut, Stamann now has an eight-fight winning streak overall. Ware’s loss snaps a four-fight winning streak outside the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Despite 22 fights, Terrion Ware says road to UFC debut looks longer than it was

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Terrion Ware might just be starting out on his octagon path, but he’s definitely no newbie when it comes to the cage.

At 31, Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) brings in a respectable and long record to his UFC 213 meeting with 27-year-old Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday. He currently is riding a four-fight winning streak, capped off by a knockout over UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian in April. He hasn’t lost since August 2015.

Looking at the numbers alone, it may seem like Ware’s first UFC shot is long overdue. But, for Ware, that’s not necessarily the case.

“It definitely seems like a long road,” Ware told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of the featherweight bout, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. “But, compared to some other people, it’s actually relatively short. I’ve been doing this for six and a half years. My first two years were as an amateur.

“So it’s about four and a half, five years that’s taken me to get here. I’ve just had so many fights in a short amount of time.”

Ware might be comfortable with the path that eventually led to his scheduled meeting with Stamman, also a UFC newcomer who brings in a six-fight winning streak that includes a recent first-round TKO of Bill Kamery in the headliner of a KnockOut Promotions event.

But that doesn’t mean he hadn’t been expecting the UFC to call.

In fact, he’s been ready for it for about two years now. But, as it turns out, there’s only so much a fighter can do. So Ware powered through, continuing to add to his record as he witnessed other athletes with less accomplished resumes get the golden ticket before him.

The worst part of it all? Balancing the inevitable waiting game with the somewhat risky desire to stay active.

“That was the hard part – the waiting part,” Ware said. “Because, as you’re waiting, I want to compete. I want to fight. And then you get to a certain level – I’m 11-2, 12-2 – where I’m going to have to continue to fight tough guys. And any loss can set you back three or four fights in terms of getting into the big show.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Ware ahead of his UFC debut.

And for more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2480 with Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware, Cody Stamann

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware and Cody Stamann.

All five guests fight Saturday at UFC 213. Pettis and Blaydes are featured on the pay-per-view main card vs. Jim Miller and Daniel Omielanczuk, respectively. Ware and Stamann compete against each other, while Font takes on Douglas Silva de Andrade, with both fights featured on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware, Cody Stamann

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware and Cody Stamann.

Pettis kicks off the UFC 213 pay-per-view main card in Las Vegas on Saturday against Jim Miller in a lightweight fight. Heavyweight up-and-comer Blaydes is on the main card, as well, in a bout against Daniel Omielanczuk. Font closes out the UFC Fight Pass prelims at UFC 213 in a bantamweight fight against Douglas Silva de Andrade. And Ware and Stamann will make their promotional debuts against each other in a featherweight fight on the card, also on UFC Fight Pass.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware, James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles added to UFC 213 lineup

A pair of fights have been added to next week’s UFC 213 lineup at the 11th hour, giving four prospects a chance to make their promotional debuts.

Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. UFC officials announced the matchups today, both of which will stream on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Along with the two new bouts, the UFC made official a heavyweight bout for the main card. The fight between Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) shifts from the FS1 prelims to the main card in the wake of the removal of the welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler due to a Cerrone injury. And moving up from UFC Fight Pass to FS1 is the middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

Michigan native Stamann heads to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. In March, he knocked out Bill Kamery in the main event of a KnockOut Promotions event in his home state. Ware, an RFA veteran, has won four straight fights. In April, he knocked out UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian at a CXF event. The win gave him a measure of revenge after a decision loss to Papazian in 2013.

Bochnovic, who trains with UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, has won eight straight fights after being submitted in his pro debut nearly three years ago. Since then, all eight of his wins are by stoppage, and the most recent seven have been by submission. Just a month ago, he tapped Bellator, Titan FC and RFA vet Wayman Carter with an armbar just 85 seconds into their fight.

Giles, from Texas, brings his unbeaten record into the fight with Bochnovic. Eight of his nine wins are by stoppage, including five submissions. In February, he went to the judges for the first time in his pro career and took a split decision from Ryan Spann in the LFA 3 main event.

The UFC 213 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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